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PhD in Gravitational Wave Physics at IFAE

Jan 10, 2023

The "Institut de Física d'Altes Energies" (IFAE) in Barcelona welcomes applications for a PhD position in Gravitational Wave physics using ground-based interferometers. IFAE is a member institution of the Virgo and Einstein Telescope Collaborations. Application deadline: February 5th 2023.

A group of researches from IFAE has taken significant responsibilities related to the control of the stray light inside Virgo, which is considered a limiting factor for its sensitivity. The group plays an important role in the ongoing commissioning, operations and upgrade of the interferometer. For the latter, IFAE is leading the construction of new baffles instrumented with photo sensors around the test masses for Advanced Virgo. In addition, IFAE is deeply involved in the detector R&D and simulation activities of the future Einstein Telescope, and is a member of the ETpathfinder R&D platform.

In the physics analysis front, the IFAE research program, using LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA data, includes topics related to: search for compact binary coalescence events and their mass/spin spectrum determination; search for primordial black holes as candidates for dark matter; searches for axion-like signals in continuous GW signals; test of exotic models for Gravity beyond General Relativity; determination of the universe expansion rate using GWs; and using GWs as probes for inflation and phase transitions in the early universe.

IFAE is in a privileged position to analyse the LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA data, with strong synergies with IFAE’s Theory Division and significant computing resources from the PIC computing center. In addition, the collaboration with IFAE's teams in CTA/MAGIC and Observational Cosmology facilitates a multi-messenger approach.
Applicants should have a Master Degree in Physics, provide a CV, including full list of University Grades, and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent by e-mail (mmp(at)
not later than February 5th 2023.

Applications will be accepted until the openings are filled.
For further information please contact

Prof. Mario Martínez Pérez (mmp(at)
PI of the Virgo/ET Group in IFAE

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